Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Announcing the 2014 H Street Festival this Saturday, September 20

Announcing the 2014 H Street Festival
 
The 2014 H Street Festival will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This will be the biggest Festival ever, spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE and featuring over 200 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and merchants. Come down and enjoy great food, drinks, music, contests, kids’ activities and more!

 

The annual celebration highlights the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses. The event is one of the District’s most popular festivals, and has been named Washington, DC’s best neighborhood festival by Washington City Paper for the last four years. In a city that boasts so many wonderful neighborhoods, the H Street NE Corridor has become one of the most diverse and exciting neighborhoods to live in, shop, eat and hang out.

 

This year’s Festival will offer more entertainment than ever before, featuring more than 500 performers and artists on 14 staging areas spread throughout the event. Performances will range from jazz, pop and gospel music to fitness demonstrations, a “skills on wheels” performance and interactive art displays.

 

For those who come hungry or thirsty, the Festival will feature over 70 food vendors, food trucks and restaurants serving up meals from all corners of the world. Festivalgoers can also visit the beverage gardens located along the festival route to sample the many available libations.

 

Other attractions at this year’s Festival, include:

 

-       Washington Nationals Presidents – The Presidents will race down part of the Festival route from the 8th Street Stage (8 and H) following the singing of the national anthem at noon. The Presidents will also be available for pictures with festivalgoers at 3 p.m. at the Zone 9 parking lot (9 and H).

-       DC Streetcar Open House - Visitors will be able to get an up close look at the exterior and interior of the DC Streetcars, which are set to begin running later this year (5 and H, 8 and H and 13 and H).

-       Grand Opening of Gallery on O – The H Street Festival will celebrate the grand opening to the public of the Gallery on O, showcasing the 50th anniversary of Washington Informer photography (13 and H).

-       Kids Zone – The Festival will have a special “kid’s zone,” featuring GolfZilla, a Godzilla-themed inflatable target that kids can hit golf balls at, multiple appearances by Callaloo the puppet, face painting, a giant slide and other family-friendly activities (9 and H).

-       Interactive Art Displays – Festivalgoers will be able to get an up close look at a number of art cars (13 and H), as well as watch artists paint an H Street-themed bus from start to finish and build custom bikes from scratch (5 and H).

-       Contests and Competitions – Attendees are invited to compete in or watch the annual pie, chili and burrito eating contests, a bad tattoo competition (10 and H) and an arm wrestling competition (9 and H).

-       District Fashion Week – The Fashion Stage will kick off the annual District Fashion Week celebration with area designers (10 and H).

-       Pedicabs – Pedicabs will offer weary festivalgoers transportation at a special festival rate parallel to the festival route on G and I Streets.

-       And much more!
Sponsors of the event include, Auto Zone, DC50-TV, Fisher Brothers, Giant, H Street Community Development Corporation, H Street Connection, Insight Property Group, Property Group Partners, Stewart Investment, Uber, Walmart and Washington City Paper.

Festival hours are from noon – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Festival will take place between the 400 and 1300 blocks of H Street NE.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Neighborhood exhibit oepning at Batter Bowl (403 H St) Friday, September 19, 7 pm


MOTH Family Fest: this Sunday, September 14, 1:30-4:30 pm at Garfield Park (3rd & G SE)

MOTH FAMILY FEST ANNOUNCED FOR SEPTEMBER 14TH
Annual community event includes face painters, live music, and raffle

 
The Moms On The Hill (MOTH) Family Fest will be held Sunday, September 14th, in Garfield Park at 3rd & G Streets SE, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Hill families are invited to join in this annual celebration and enjoy food, games, and other child-friendly activities. Entertainment will include moonbounces, balloon animals, face painting, Turley the Magician, a performance from Tippi Toes, and live music from Mr. Skip, Meadowlark, and Most Wanted. Additional activities for families will be provided by Little Loft, fibre space, Relay Foods, Labyrinth Game Shop, the National Postal Museum, Breathing Space Yoga, and Vida Fitness. A limited supply of food will be provided by local vendors; families are welcome to bring picnics.


The event will also feature a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, including Metro Mutts, Hill Rag, and Boogie Babes. T-shirts in adult and child sizes will also be for sale. A portion of all event proceeds will go towards the purchase of uniforms for DCPS students through the Homeless Children's Playtime Project.


MOTH Family Fest will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. Additional information can be found at www.mothfamilyfest.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/events/307475592748636/.



About MOTH
MOTH is a virtual and real-world community for parents living in the Capitol Hill. To join, send an email to mothinvites@yahoo.com with your name, email address, Hill address, and parent or parent-to-be status.

 

MOTH FAMILY FEST SPONSORS

LUNA MOTH ($3,000+)

GYPSY MoTH ($1,000+)
Au Pair in America * www.aupairinamerica.com *
Lee Murphy, Washington Fine Properties * www.leemurphy.net *
Meg Shapiro & George Olson RE/MAX Allegiance * megandgeorge.com *
National Capital Bank * www.nationalcapitalbank.com *

MOTH ($500 - $999)
AtlasVet * www.atlasvetdc.com *
COVE * www.cove.is *
fibre space * www.fibrespace.com *
John C. Formant Real Estate * www.johncformant.com *
Polar Bear Air Conditioning * http://www.polarbearairconditioning.com *
Traditions Contracting * www.traditionscontracting.com *
South Capitol Smile * www.SouthCapitolSmileCenter.com *

CATERPILLAR ($250 - $499)
Grubb's CARE Pharmacy * www.grubbscare.com *
H&Pizza *  andpizza.com *
Dr. Tawann Jackson, DDS *
Judi Seiden, GRI, Associate Broker * www.judiseiden.com *
Johnson Law Group * www.johnsonlawgroupintl.com *

FRIEND of MoTH ($100 - $249)
Capitol Hill Yoga * www.capitolhillyoga.com *
Schneider’s of Capitol Hill * cellar.com *
Union Veterinary Clinic * unionvetclinic.com *

Saturday, August 30, 2014

T-minus three weeks until H Street Festival: Save the date and the entire day for Saturday, September 20

The H Street Festival returns on Saturday, September 20.  It's going to be bigger and better than ever before and you're not going to want to miss it.  The Festival runs from noon until 7 pm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DC Harvest to open at 517 H Street on September 2

DC Harvest opens at 517 H Street on Tuesday, September 2 

Restaurant front and back-of-the-house veterans Jared & Arthur Ringel are set to open DC Harvest (517 H St) on September 2nd.  Jared, will manage the restaurant, and his brother Arthur, the chef and veteran of local kitchens including Vermillion, Vidalia and Hank’s Oyster Bar will provide the food.
 
The restaurant will feature all local products in a menu that will change seasonally based solely on local products from the foodstuffs to the beers, wines and libations.   Look for local beers including DC Brau, Port City, Three Stars, and Flying Dog, libations like those of Catoctin Creek and Don Ciccio & Figli and a variety of local wines as well.  
Open beer selections include DC's Three Stars, Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau, Virginia's Port City and Starr Hill and Maryland's Flying Dog

The menu will change frequently and feature homemade pastas as well as livestock, fish and produce from local seas and area farms.  Brunch will also be served beginning September 13.  Among the dishes that will be included on the opening menu are: half dozen local oysters on the half shell with watermelon mignonette ($14); Virginia Fluke crudo with marinated cucumber, celery, Maine Uni and chili ($11); ricotta kale Agnolotti with confit yellow tomatoes, eggplant and marjoram ($10/$18); fresh spelt linguine with house-made spicy lamb sausage, Swiss chard and garlic bread crumbs ($11/$19);  Zataƕ roasted turkey breast with Swiss chard, kamut and shitake mushroom ($21);  Crispy Quinoa Cakes with broccoli rabe, shitake mushrooms, confit yellow tomatoes and Allegheny Chevre ($19); and pan-roasted scallops with beans, corn cherry tomatoes, garlic chive and chili ($25). 
 
“We can't wait to share DC Harvest with everyone, Jared says.  “Both Arthur and I look forward to opening and being a part of the H Street neighborhood and look forward to getting to serving our area friends and their families who we hope will become regulars." “Our ambiance is casual and family friendly.  We'll have a kids' menu and are always happy to accommodate special requests."
 
Chef Arthur said: “I am so excited to get into my new kitchen and get cooking. The quality of the local products coming from our area farmers and fishermen is at its peak right now. It’s going to be a lot of fun cooking with these ingredients for all of our customers." 
 
DC Harvest’s ‘modern farmhouse’ ambiance was designed by Edit Lab at Streetsense and features a 10 seat, Carrera marble-topped wooden bar on the ground floor and 50 table seats over two levels with an open kitchen on the second floor.  The ceilings boast wooden beams, some original to the venue, with walls are adorned with earthy textured wall coverings and whitewashed original brick.   


1st floor marble bar area featuring all local beers on tap and a variety of local wines and spirits



DC Harvest is located at 517 H Street NE and is open for dinner 7 days a week at 5pm and Brunch - Saturday & Sunday 11-2:30 pm beginning September 13.  Reservations are available through Open Table, by phone 202-629-3296 or via their website http://www.dc-harvest.com/.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heal H Street documentary short film playing at 11th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival next month

Heal H Street is a short documentary film on the neighborhood and its history from neighborhood resident Craig Corl and is running at the DC Shorts Film Festival this year.  The Festival runs September 11-21.  Heal H Street will be shown at the E Street Cinema on September 14 and 17 and will also have showings at the Navy Memorial and Angelika Film Center in Fairfax.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bardo Brewpub (1200 Bladensburg Rd) releases first two specialty brews

In case you missed it, Bardo (1200 Bladensburg Rd) is now serving their own beers.  We haven't had a chance to try them, but these guys have been making their own beers for decades and have been known to make some very good stuff.  A press release about their release of their first two specialty beers, which will be tapped tomorrow evening follows.  If you haven't been to Bardo yet, a chance to try some of their brews for $3.45 a pint seems like great excuse to stop by and check them out.  Bardo is open Tuesday through Friday starting at 6 pm and weekends starting at 1 pm. 


Bardo Brewpub releases first two specialty brews.
 
Just two weeks after the debut of their first five beers, Bardo is now introducing two cask conditioned specialty brews. A chestnut oak aged stout and a dry hopped pale ale will be tapped Wednesday, August 20th.


Bardo Rodeo operated in the 90's as the largest brewpub in the country. The 22000 sq. ft. former car dealership included 900 indoor & 700 outdoor seats as well as a 25-barrel brewhouse. As one of the first bars in the Clarendon neighborhood in Arlington VA, Bardo brewed 4000 kegs a year and enjoyed thousands of visitors each weekend. 
The decision to put the brewery in storage for more than a decade proved a fortuitous one. Bardo head man, Bill Stewart, had been living overseas for years when his brother, Andrew, convinced him to come back stateside a start making beer again. "I didn't know craft brewing had become cool again. We rode the last wave, we decided to jump on this wave." Bill stated.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first brew, Bardo is pricing all beers like it's 1994. For a limited time, you can enjoy $3.45 pints, $9.91 pitchers and $14.11 growler fills of Bardo brew. 
Bardo Brewpub is the largest beer garden in the city. A newly renovated interior boasts one hundred year old pine floors, brick walls and early century, tin, press plate ceilings. A wide variety of GABF award winning house brews are available in pints and pitchers as well as growlers. Bardo is 100% dog friendly every day with 15,000 square feet in our beer garden to roam off leash. Located at 1200 Bladensburg rd NE, Bardo has cornhole, outdoor movie screenings/sports and is available for private parties/fundraisers, large and small, with no charge for the space.